Greatest Movies Through 1960

Best Movies Compiled From Many Sources

Bicycle Thieves (1948) Italian

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1948

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(Italian: Ladri di biciclette -English dubbed)

93 min – view video trailer

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Starring: Lamberto Maggiorani

Genres: Crime, Drama, Foreign

IMDB 8.4 / Amazon 4.6 / MRQE 90% / Decent Films A

Oscars: nominated for 1, won 0

Ranked #25 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job. IMDB 8.4 ranking from over 43,107 users

Shot in the streets and alleys of Rome, De Sica uses the real-life environment of contemporary life to frame his moving drama of a desperate father whose new job delivering cinema posters is threatened when a street thief steals his bicycle. Too poor to buy another, he and his son take to the streets in an impossible search for his bike. Amazon 4.6 stars from over 139 users

A defining landmark of Italian neorealism and a haunting fable of want and desperation, Vittorio De Sica’s Ladri di Biciclette, tells a story of such simplicity and power that one could sum up the key events in a single sentence — as in fact many reviews of the film do, though this one will not — and someone who had never seen the film might read the sentence and remember the premise forever. Read full Decent Films review (rated A, Superior artistic-entertainment for Teens & Up)

MRQE 90% from over 54 reviews

Notes: An honest, non-corporate portrait of the struggle for life and self-respect… one of the finest films ever made.

Madison Public Library

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